Walking Through Fire: An Iwo Jima Survivor's Remembrance

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What was it like to walk through a hailstorm of deadly enemy fire in the bloodiest battle of World War II? On 19 February 1945, Arvy Geurin, RM/3C, US Navy, was about to find out. "We weren't action heroes or extraordinary men. We were farm boys and city jocks; scholars and drop-outs; rich and poor. We were just young men brought together by a common goal, moving toward the hungry jaws of war."
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What was it like to walk through a hailstorm of deadly enemy fire in the bloodiest battle of World War II? On 19 February 1945, Arvy Geurin, RM/3C, US Navy, was about to find out. "We weren't action heroes or extraordinary men. We were farm boys and city jocks; scholars and drop-outs; rich and poor. We were just young men brought together by a common goal, moving toward the hungry jaws of war."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781462685363
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 978,832
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

    Great In-Person, Right-There Account

    This first-person, right-there account takes the reader into the action, and more; it follows a young sailor from a bakery in Bakersfield, CA to the shores of Iwo Jima and beyond. "We weren't action heroes or extraordinary men. We were farm boys and city jocks; scholars and drop-outs; rich and poor; just young boys brought together by a common goal." that goal was to be part of the heroic forces of Marines and Sailors who fought and died on Iwo Jima, which ultimately saved lives of B29 pilots. Recommend this book for history buffs. It has a lot of history in it besides Iwo Jima.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    Tells How It Was from Enlistment through Mustering Out

    I bought this for an Uncle but read it before I gave it to him. Started thumbing through it, then got interested and read from front to back. Unique inasmuch as it tells how young men ended up going from fresh-faced high school seniors to war-seasoned veterans. It's really unique and moving.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    Moving First Person Account

    Got the book today, have started reading it, and found out that the author and I had about the same life in our early years. My parents were poor and my Father worked on the WPA, I can remember when he would go over to a relief distribution station for those that were on relief and bring back what groceries they would give us. there were seven of us kids, and that took a lot of food. We worked where ever we could to make a dime, and lived where ever we could get free rent. Some places were only two rooms including the kitchen, Oh, I forgot that my grandmother was with, she was drawing old age pension, and that helped out some. Two rooms with ten people was pretty crowded.<BR/> I left home at fifteen and went and lived most of the time with my sister, she married an old farm boy and I worked with him on the farm far a while and finally got a job after the war started at a place where they were making shells for the war, the forty mm and five inch up to the sixteen inch guns. I worked in the grinding dept. making the cutting tools for the lathes that shaped the casings, worked there until I turned seventeen and got my parents so sign for me to go into the navy. joined in April 1944, took my basics in Farrigut Idaho. Was with the ships crew that was put aboard to operate the ship. You should know from there on what happened.<BR/> Any way, reading this book brought back tears and memories. It is well written and I the author did an excellent job.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

    Brings History Alive

    After I read this book, I realized how much history I had absorbed and how the author took me right there with him so I could "see" history unfold. This is more than about Iwo Jima. I am a school counselor. This is the type of book that could, and should, be used in teaching history of this era because it's an easy read that makes history alive, instead of dry numbers and statistics.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

    Absorbing and Informative

    My grandfather was in WWII and was with the Fourth Marines. That's why I bought this book, which is dedicated to the Fourth Marines. Although it's written by a Navy man, he went ashore with the Fourth Marines on Iwo Jima and it is a stirring account of not only that battle for many other places in the Pacific with the Marines. It gave me a better insight of what my grandfather went through during World War II.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

    Absorbing!

    My father was with the Marines in WWII. This book was dedicated to the 4th Marines which interested me. Then I got into it and couldn't put it down. Great history and very absorbing.

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